Monthly Archives: August 2011

Suicides, iPhones and Numbers

A recent New Scientist article mentioned the problem the company that makes Apple’s iPhones etc had a while ago, where they got into trouble because of a “spate” of suicides among their workers, blamed, of course, on the company. It went on … Continue reading

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Scientific Myopia

Science reports: Figuring Out What the Debt Agreement Means for Science As the ink dried last week on the hard-fought budget agreement between the Obama Administration and Congress that raised the U.S. debt ceiling to avert a government default, federal … Continue reading

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Zincfinger

An essential for gene repair that fixes the problem without corrupting other genes (possibly causing cancer) is targeting the repair to the specific gene with the problem. We’ve already seen the use of “zinc finger” nucleases to repair blood mutations in … Continue reading

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A Small World

Scientists have developed the technology to analyse gene expression in hundreds of individual cells in parallel. Technical details: it uses microfluidic devices to integrate single-cell processing and RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction). Dr. Hansen foresees the technology will have widespread applciations … Continue reading

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